Who is CITIES4LIFE?
Who is directly involved with CITIES4LIFE?
The Local Life Team in Northern Jersey is made up of families that faithfully provide support to abortion-minded mothers on a consistent basis. Each team of families consists of moms, dads, children, grandparents, and teenagers, pastors and others all willing to stand for LIFE on the sidewalks in front of abortion clinics and in Gospel-centered LIFE network partner ministries such as pregnancy centers, doctors, adoption agencies, and other care ministries providing immediate care and support to abortion–minded mothers. CITIES4LIFE acts as a bridge to these prolife support ministries together. CITIES4LIFE is based out of Charlotte, NC and is lead by national Board of Directors.
When was CITIES4LIFE established?
Pro-life ministries have been around since the Supreme Court passed Roe v. Wade in 1973. In October 2008 there was a renewed faithful presence of Christians consistently bringing LIFE to three local abortion clinics in Charlotte, NC. In December 2010 CITIES4LIFE was established to connect and unite this community of Jesus followers dedicated to standing for life for the purposes of ending abortion and proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ. We provide tangible support to abortion-minded mothers at local abortion clinics and throughout our city by connecting with other LIFE Network partners. In January 2013 CITIES4LIFE welcomed our first chapter city.
What is different about CITIES4LIFE?
We aren’t primarily a pro-life fundraising group or political lobby; rather, we bring real life support to abortion-minded mothers where they are. Our counselors and partner ministries lovingly step into their lives in tangible ways and show the love of Jesus. Take a moment to view our Code of Conduct signed by all CITIES4LIFE leaders, volunteers and partner ministries. We are a people of action! CITIES4LIFE provides many opportunities to engage in pro-life work at both the individual and corporate level. Contact a local chapter to see how you can be involved.
The Sidewalk Ministry
Isn’t a CITIES4LIFE sidewalk counselor just a protester?
Protesting is stating what you are against; Proclaiming is stating what you are for. We are for Life and helping others to make that difficult choice. The CITIES4LIFE sidewalk counselors are proclaiming a message of hope in Jesus followed by tangible support to mothers that makes this a proclamation and not a protest. Working with other ministries and individuals, we’re creating a network of believers that don’t show up empty-handed to simply protest. We do not shy away from exposing the truth of what abortion really is, but our core focus is the proclaim Jesus and provide support to the hurting.
Why are they called “abortion mills?”
The term “clinic” defines a place of healthcare. More truthfully, however, the term “mill” defines a business that dispenses service in an impersonal or mechanical manner, as in a factory.
Why do you hold the graphic signs?
Women are rarely told the truth about abortion. Without the truth, Satan is free to rob, kill, and destroy. It is urgent for these women to know the truth about this hidden evil, done in secret. We must lay bare the demonic lie that an unborn baby is not a human life. When we shine the light of truth about this “legal” procedure, it wakes up the sleeper and moves them to action. Truth can be horrific, just as the photos of the Jewish Holocaust, KKK hangings and other genocidal pictures have been shown to the masses to cause them to recoil in horror so that society will not commit those crimes again. Evil needs to be seen to prevent reoccurrence. These images of abortion will forever change the way people look at abortion.
We also show real images of babies saved from abortion so that the mothers can quickly see the difference between the violence of abortion and the sweetness of new life.
Why do you compare abortion to the Holocaust?
The Holocaust is responsible for the murder of approximately six million Jews and millions of others civilians and prisoners of war were intentionally murdered by the Nazi. In the 40 years since the Supreme Court passed Roe v. Wade (1973-2013) abortion is responsible for the murder of 55 million babies in the United States and that number is still rising every day.
The below story sums it up the best:
“SING A LITTLE LOUDER” by Penny Lea
“I lived in Germany during the Nazi holocaust. I considered myself a Christian. I attended Church since I was a small boy. We had heard the stories of what was happening to the Jews, but like most people today in this country, we tried to distance ourselves from the reality of what was really taking place. What could anyone do to stop it? “A railroad track ran behind our small church, and each Sunday morning we would hear the whistle from the distance and then the clacking of the wheels moving over the track. We became disturbed when one Sunday we noticed cries coming from the train as it passed by. We grimly realized that the train was carrying Jews. They were like cattle in those cars! “Week after week that train whistle would blow. We would dread to hear the sound of those old wheels because we knew that the Jews would begin to cry to us as they passed our church. It was so terribly disturbing! We could do nothing to help these poor miserable people, yet their screams tormented us. We knew exactly at what time that whistle would blow, and we decided the only way to keep from being so disturbed by the cries was to start singing our hymns. By the time the train rumbled past the church yard, we were singing at the top of our voices. If some of the screams reached our ears, we’d just sing a little louder until we could hear them no more. Years passed and no one talks about it much anymore, but I still hear that train whistle in my sleep. I can still hear them crying out for help. God forgive all of us who called ourselves Christians, yet did nothing to intervene.”
Is it legal to be on the sidewalk?
CITES4LIFE abides by all local, state and federal laws. We also require each of our volunteers to sign and agree to our Code of Conduct. We have connected with prolife attorneys around the country that are available to consult/defend our organization if our rights are stripped from us while peacefully proclaiming Life.
Is it safe for me and my family on the sidewalk?
When light displaces darkness there will always be tension. Because you have the freedom of speech in America, you have the right to speak the truth without the fear of threat or intimidation by others. However, our volunteers do sometimes experience threats and intimidation when praying and counseling women on the sidewalk. Because we proclaim truth in loving, peaceful, prayerful and non-violent way you have nothing to fear. We are safer in front of an abortion clinic than in the comfort of our own homes watching prime time television.